Persuasive Fictions: Faith, Faction and Literature in the Reign of Henry VIII

Persuasive Fictions: Faith, Faction and Literature in the Reign of Henry VIII

by Greg Walker
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859281397

ISBN-13: 9781859281390

Pub. Date: 03/01/1996

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

This important new study constitutes an attempt to understand the means by which crucial aspects of the political process were conducted in the reign of Henry VIII. To this end, Greg Walker adopts a variety of approaches, from the straightforward historical narrative to an analysis of courtly iconography. He considers a broad range of evidence, from the trial records…  See more details below

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This important new study constitutes an attempt to understand the means by which crucial aspects of the political process were conducted in the reign of Henry VIII. To this end, Greg Walker adopts a variety of approaches, from the straightforward historical narrative to an analysis of courtly iconography. He considers a broad range of evidence, from the trial records of a convicted heretic to the murals on palace walls; from the despatches of ambassadors and military commanders to the fictional creations of poets and prose writers. But the study is united by a central concern and purpose, namely to get beyond the orthodoxies of historians and literary scholars to the ways in which contemporaries experienced and expressed their political and religious beliefs and ambitions, and thus to appreciate how that most enigmatic of notions 'political culture' was constituted in the period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859281390
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Faction, Faith and Political Culture at the Court of Henry VIII1
1Faction in the Privy Chamber?: the 'Expulsion of the Minions', 151935
2'And Never a Scot Slaynel': John Skelton and the Border Crisis of 152254
3Henry VIII and the Politics of the Royal Image72
4Setting a Good Example: Art, Politics and Ideals in Early Tudor Court Culture99
5'Known Men', Evangelicals and Brethren: Heretical Sects in Pre-Reformation England123
6Saint or Schemer?: The 1527 Heresy Trial of Thomas Bilney Reconsidered143
7The Image of Dissent: John Skelton, Thomas More and the 'Lost' History of the Early Reformation in England166
8Sir Thomas Elyot and the Politics of Accommodation: The Defence of Good Women178
Index205

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